Afternoon tea, known as ‘low tea’ involves things like manners, lace, and dainty foods. ‘High tea’ was traditionally a working class meal served at the end of the work day, shortly after 5pm. It was a heavy meal with lots of meats and baked goods (think: steak and kidney pie). Legend has it that afternoon tea was started in the mid-1800s by the Duchess of Bedford who found herself with a “sinking feeling” during the long wait between meals. She invited some friends over for assorted snacks and tea and the custom soon spread across the UK as a favorite pastime of ladies of leisure.
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